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8/7c NBC
Post-Thanksgiving is filled with complications for Chuck when unforeseen guests arrive for a Turkey Day leftovers meal. It all turns "fowl" for Chuck, whose personal world continues to collide with his spy life. Guess who's coming to dinner? That would be his good old mom (Linda Hamilton). We then turn our attention to the Buy More, where Morgan gears up for the year's most hectic shopping day. As for Jeff and Lester (AKA "Jeffster"), the two "buy morons" hatch their latest scheme. Elsewhere, Ellie is still digging up family clues left behind by her late father. Timothy Dalton and Monet Mazur guest star. As for Chuck, he's in luck: The series returns with new episodes on Jan. 17. — Dean Maurer

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College Basketball
7/6c ESPN2
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge was hardly challenging for the Atlantic Coast Conference until last season, when the Big Ten got the nod for the first time in 11 years, winning six of 11 matchups. The bid for a Big Ten repeat begins with Tubby Smith's Minnesota Golden Gophers hosting Virginia tonight at famed Williams Arena, which featured an elevated court long before it became the norm at football-field venues in March Madness. The improving Gophers have already bagged a choice ACC win by defeating North Carolina 10 days ago in a Puerto Rico tournament. Five more games are on tap each of the next five nights. — Roger Leister

Lie to Me
9/8c Fox
Lightman has been getting edgier and edgier all fall, and as for his work methods, let's just say that the Marquis of Queensbury would probably look askance. So don't expect Boy Scout behavior tonight, when Cal sifts through major family dysfunction as he probes the murder of a restaurateur's daughter. "Don't you even have a heart, Lightman?" asks the disgusted dad (John Amos), who hired Cal. He's terminally ill, as it happens, and that might have something to do with the family squabbling. And the murder. Monique Gabriela Curnen returns as Cal's equally edgy love interest, police detective Wallowski. — Paul Droesch

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Unanswered Prayers9/8c Lifetime Garth Brooks' hit song about life, love and the choices we make widens its audience as it is adapted for the screen. Eric Close stars in this drama as a man happy with his life as a husband and father, but who starts to question his choices when the object of his affections in high school (Madchen Amick) returns to town. Brooks serves as executive producer for the 2010 cable film. — Rhoda Charles

CMA Country Christmas9:30/8:30c ABC Country stars share yuletide songs, memories and stories with fans, as they perform with members of their families and invite viewers to enjoy holiday traditions. Among those swept up in the holiday spirit are Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker and Sugarland. Jennifer Nettles is the host.  — Fred Mitchell

Is 90210 appointment viewing in your home? Tell us902108/7c CW Love is on the agenda again as Naomi, Debbie, Navid and Teddy dip their toes once more into the romance pool. Naomi, ready to date again, sets her sights on one of Ivy's friends while Debbie's kids introduce her to the world of online dating. Navid and Silver get closer as Adrianna's fame takes her to new heights and Teddy finds himself turning a little green when he spies Ian (Kyle Riabko) with another guy. — Rhoda Charles